Pumpkin Spiced Puff Puff: A Delightful Twist on a Classic African Treat

Pumpkin Spiced Puff Puff: A Delightful Twist on a Classic African Treat

Embrace Autumn Flavours with This Warm, Spicy Snack

Welcome to another delicious recipe from African Food Box! As the leaves turn and the air grows crisp, we're adding a seasonal twist to one of our favourite snacks. Introducing Pumpkin Spiced Puff Puff – a fusion of traditional African street food and the cosy flavours of autumn. Perfect for an afternoon snack or a festive gathering, this recipe will bring the warmth of African cuisine to your home with a delightful pumpkin twist.

Recipe Tips:

  • The dough should be sticky and bubbly. For less mess, use an oiled ice cream scoop for portioning.
  • Keep your mixing bowl close to the frying area for convenience.

Preparation Time: About 25 mins Proofing Time: 1 hour Yield: 20 Pumpkin Spiced Puff Puff Balls


  • 300g Plain Flour
  • 100g Pumpkin Puree
  • 65g Granulated Sugar
  • 1.5g Nutmeg, ground
  • 1g Ginger Powder
  • 1.5g Cinnamon, ground
  • 5g Salt
  • 5g Fast-action Yeast
  • 200ml Lukewarm Water
  • Oil, for frying
  • Topping: Cinnamon Sugar (to taste)


1. Preparing the Yeast Mixture:

  • In a small bowl, dissolve a teaspoon of sugar and the yeast in lukewarm water (ensure it's around 26°C for optimal yeast activation). Stir gently and leave it aside for 10 minutes to activate.

2. Mixing the Batter:

  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, remaining sugar, ground nutmeg, ginger powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  • Once the yeast mixture is frothy, add it along with the pumpkin puree to the dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly until a smooth, sticky batter forms.
  • Cover the bowl with a clean cloth or cling film. Let it sit in a warm area for 1 hour to allow the batter to proof and become bubbly.

3. Frying the Puff Puff:

  • Heat oil in a deep frying pan to about 180°C. If you don't have a thermometer, test the oil by dipping a wooden skewer into it; if it bubbles steadily, it's ready.
  • Lightly oil your hands and scoop the batter with your palm. Gently squeeze making a fist, allowing the dough to drop into the hot oil. Fry in batches to avoid overcrowding.
  • Fry each side for approximately 2 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove and place on a kitchen towel to drain excess oil. You can test for doneness by inserting a skewer into a puff puff; if it comes out clean, they are ready.

4. Serving:

  • Toss the hot puff puffs in cinnamon sugar for an extra flavour kick or enjoy them as is.

Reheating and Storage:

  • To reheat, microwave for 45 seconds for a soft texture or warm in an oven at 180°C for 10 minutes for a crispier exterior.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Embrace the flavours of autumn with our Pumpkin Spiced Puff Puff – a delightful treat that's sure to please. For more innovative African recipes and culinary inspirations, keep following African Food Box. Remember, every dish tells a story, and we're here to help you explore the rich tapestry of African cuisine. Visit our shop for more ingredients and African food delights!


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